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Hi...I have 4 weeks before graduation! Will take my NCLEX_PN shortly after that! I am soooo happy. Does anyone here or is anyone taking the LPN to RN through REGENTS (Excelsior College)? I... Read More

  1. by   christianRN
    I completed my ASN through Regent's (now Excelsior) COllege. It took me about a year and a half, and I didn't rush. I loved the bookwork part of it, because I am very much an independent study person. I was also able to work a lot and make a lot of money, which I wouldn't have been able to do if I had done an LPN-ASN transition full-time at a local college. I had to take the clinical twice ($1300 a pop, not to mention the travel expense and mega-humiliation), but it was over a lab procedure I never perform. I studied that and everything else again, went back 3 mos later, and passed. I aced every patient-care situation, so that made me feel good. I really think they were fair, you just really have to know your stuff. And, they completely leave themselves leeway to flunk you for pretty much whatever they want to, not that I think they wanted to. I had been an LPN for only about a year, but was working in an acute setting. It was horrible to fail and have to go again, but I don't know when I will feel such a sense of accomplishment as I did when I knew I had passed that second time!! All that said, it was still totally the grace of GOd that I passed!!
  2. by   jude11142
    Originally posted by christianRN
    I completed my ASN through Regent's (now Excelsior) COllege. It took me about a year and a half, and I didn't rush. I loved the bookwork part of it, because I am very much an independent study person. I was also able to work a lot and make a lot of money, which I wouldn't have been able to do if I had done an LPN-ASN transition full-time at a local college. I had to take the clinical twice ($1300 a pop, not to mention the travel expense and mega-humiliation), but it was over a lab procedure I never perform. I studied that and everything else again, went back 3 mos later, and passed. I aced every patient-care situation, so that made me feel good. I really think they were fair, you just really have to know your stuff. And, they completely leave themselves leeway to flunk you for pretty much whatever they want to, not that I think they wanted to. I had been an LPN for only about a year, but was working in an acute setting. It was horrible to fail and have to go again, but I don't know when I will feel such a sense of accomplishment as I did when I knew I had passed that second time!! All that said, it was still totally the grace of GOd that I passed!!
    Way to go!!!!!!! I just enrolled in Excelsior(lpn to rn)and can't wait to start. LOL, I am already petrified about the clinical but one thing at a time. I too, am a independent study person and don't foresee any problems with it. I am just anxious to begin.

    Congratulations RN!!

    JUDE
  3. by   H7482
    I signed up with "RUE" and paid all my money. But have not taken any exams. I have lost almost one dozen family members in thelast 3 and a half years. I explained that due to major reactive depression that I am having learning (concentration) problem and they would not return my money. They still have it and I am still determined to go for my RN. I was 41 when I started for my LPN, and graduated with honors and I believe that God will see me thru it again.
  4. by   nurse deb
    Andrewsgranny,
    You should check around in your area to see if they have any LPN to RN bridge programs. I'm currently living in Missouri and they have programs for nurses wishing to get their RN's. They have F/T as well as P/T programs and they only take a year or so to complete. that's what I plan on doing. Every school has different prerequisites so talk with someone to find out. You usually need courses like english composition, anatomy and physiology w/ lab, and psychology. Hope it works out for you. I only need english (ughh) before I enroll. Good luck!!
  5. by   angelsgrin
    I am also in the Excelsior RN program and the best thing about it is that I can do it in Germany. I have taken two exams so far and am working on my third one. I cant seem to find a job here as they only have a handful of LPN slots open in the military hospital. This helps me remember all that I have learned and hopefully wont forget until I can work again.
  6. by   arlyne
    I got my RN thru Excelsior college last year. I started out going straight thru Excelsior but had troubles. It was to much information with not enough direction. My DON told me to look into the RUE RN Program. She got her RN and her BSN with Rue. She said that Rues workbooks streamline the info to exactly what you need to know and that they had an accurate practice exam at the end of each workbook for each course. I had no college credit so I had to take everything. I called Rue and some others but I did decide to go with Rue. I was very happy with my decision. They did everything my DON said they would plus they held my hand thru the whole process. The only downside was I had already purchased a ton of textbooks from Excelsior and Rue includes every textbook you need. I was able to recoup a lot of my money by selling Excelsiors textbooks. Rue worked great for me. It really saved me alot of time. Look into it. http://www.rueed.com
  7. by   Susiesblues
    I am using College Network right now to get my RN. I do have one word of advice, however. Most of the home study programs require that you have 5 years of acute experience before you can enroll. I believe that Excelsior has the same requirement. If that is the route you want to go, I suggest that you get all of the none nursing course done while you work for 5 years and then use Excelsior or one of the other home study programs. That is how I did it but I also had many years of experience before I started.
    Hope that helps.
  8. by   Dakasha
    Sorry! I am going to interupt for a for a few secs, am thinking of taking up an LPN course via the internet, is that possible. if someone could shed some light on that I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.
  9. by   Susiesblues
    Hi Dakasha,
    To be honest with you, I don't know of any program online for LPN. When I am looking for something, I just plug in the words and do a search. Try Mr. Jeeves. That is a great search engine.
    Sorry can't be of more help.
  10. by   NurseDianne
    I've often wondered about the RUE or other courses to get my RN, but I'm not very "study" concious. As long as I'm in school and have to answer to someone I do fine, keep the grades up. I don't think my study habits are good enough to do it myself.
    I'm currently finishing up my core classes, in Mirco now, have computer and pharmacology next semester, then 3 semesters of the Bridge program and I will be done. I can't wait. It seems so long.......but I know it will be worth it.
    I also work 3 12 hr night shifts, we can't make it otherwise. My husband is also going, and doubling up on his core to try to bridge at the same time.
    It's hard, but I know all of this struggle will pay off.
  11. by   nursenoelle
    My sis in law just became an RN throygh rue/excelsior. I have just signed up and waiting for my fist course,since I have taken several classes @ community college already,it should only take about 8 mos. thats nothing plus no time loss! I can't wait
  12. by   jolly green
    Originally posted by L2639LPN
    Hi...I have 4 weeks before graduation! Will take my NCLEX_PN shortly after that! I am soooo happy.

    Does anyone here or is anyone taking the LPN to RN through REGENTS (Excelsior College)?

    I read a post where they failed one student during the clinical exam part because her apical pulse was different from the examiners. Anyone know anything about this program? What about RUE????

    Thanks.


    I tried to do the LVN/RN though Regents and RUE but found that the workbooks contained too many errors, the 1-800 support staff were not very supportive, and since moving to Ok. the test sights were too far away. I personally would not recomend either. Now I am doing the LPN Bridge Program instead.

    I have one question for all of you though. Do any of you Low Paid Nurses/LPN's know anything about the NLN Accredidation of the school that you went to? If you plan to go on to get your RN most schools now make you take a Baccaloriate degree test in Med/Surg called Adult Health through Excelcior College if your school was not NLN accredited. It seem to me they don't give us credit for what we have already learned and passed the state board test!!! Stuck in limbo
  13. by   caliotter3
    Dakasha

    Do a search on this site for Deaconess College of Nursing in St. Louis MO. They have an online LPN program which is a part of their online ASN program. As I stated in a previous thread, however, you are required to attend their campus on occasion so that you can demonstate clinical competence. Hope this helps.

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